The mass appeal of biomass

There’s fuel in slime. That was part of the message given by Michael Pacheco, director of the National Bioenergy Center, at a recent conference. Algae as a source of biofuels, according to Pacheco, has enormous potential because it is much more productive than other sources of biomass-up to 50 times more productive than traditional crops.Speaking at the University of Houston’s Global Energy Management Institute’s Conference, “The Future of Gulf Coast Refining,” on Nov. 3, Pacecho also reviewed potential biomass sources, processes, and products. Although it represents about 3% of the US energy supply, biomass has much potential for supplying transportation fue...

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